• (2005) Artists Support Program Creative Opportunities for Traditional Artistes from the Fund for Folk Culture for 'Ganga - Life as a River'

  • (2003) Traditional Folk Arts grant for 'Varnam - preserving the traditional color' funded by the California Arts Council

  • (2003) Traditional Arts Development grant from the Alliance for California Traditional Arts.

  • (2001) Traditional Folk Arts grant for 'Women in E'motion' funded by the California Arts Council.

  • (2001) Master-apprenticeship grant for 'Margam' from the Alliance for California Traditional Arts received by master Ramya Harishankar and apprentice Trisha Banerjee.

  • (1994-1997) two time awardee of the Choreographer's Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts.


  • (2012) 'Kala Seva Bharathi' - Bharat Kalachar, Chennai, India

  • (2011) Leadership award - Global Womenís Network, USA

  • (2007)'Sanskritik Sammaan' - SAHARA, California

  • (2007) Letter of Recognition - California State Senate

  • (2007) Letter of Recognition - City of Anaheim, CA

  • (2007) 'Helene Modjeska Cultural Legacy Artist Award' from Arts OC, the county wide arts agency - Report in narthaki.com

  • (2002) 'Outstanding Artiste of the year' award from Arts OC, the Orange County agency for the arts.

  • (2002) designated Disney Artist in the 'From the Center' roster of the Orange County Performing Arts Center to tour schools in S. California.

  • (1996) 'Excellence Award' for her contribution to the community from the United India Association of Southern California.

  • (1978) First prize in bhajan (singing) competition held by Music Academy, Chennai.

  • (1978) 'Singar Mani' awarded by the Sur Singar Samsad, Mumbai.

  • (1978) 'Outstanding young artiste' by the Tamizh Isai Sangam, Chennai.

Grants & Awards - Arpana Dance Company


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